This comprehensive and engaging book investigates the role of international actors in the making of social policy in South East Europe.
Introductory chapters on transnationalism and Europeanization are followed by a series of nine linked case studies depicting research undertaken within this region. The book charts the variable influence that international actors such as formal organizations, non-governmental organizations, consulting companies and individual transnational policy entrepreneurs have on key policy issues, including pensions, social protection, labour markets and health. The authors conclude that welfare settlements are a complex product of historical and institutional legacies, the neo-liberal interventions of the World Bank, the emerging impact of the EU, and the crowded international arena resulting from war and post-war reconstruction agendas.
Written by leading researchers in the field, Social Policy and International Interventions in South East Europe will be of great interest to researchers and students of social policy, policy studies and regional studies, as well as policymakers within international and governmental organizations.
Edited by Bob Deacon, former Professor of International Social Policy, University of Sheffield, UK and Paul Stubbs, Senior Research Fellow, The Institute of Economics, Zagreb, Croatia
Contents: Preface 1. Transnationalism and the Making of Social Policy in South East Europe Bob Deacon and Paul Stubbs 2. Europeanization of Social Policy? Prospects and Challenges for South East Europe Noemi Lendvai 3. Slovenia Mojca Novak and Katja Rihar Bajuk 4. Bulgaria and Romania Dimitri A. Sotiropoulos and Luana Pop 5. Croatia Paul Stubbs and Sinisa Zrinscak 6. Turkey Burcu Yakut-Cakar 7. Macedonia Maja Gerovska Mitev 8. Bosnia and Herzegovina Reima Ana Maglajlic Holicek and Esref Kenan Rasidagic 9. Serbia Mihail Arandarenko and Pavle Golicin 10. Albania Arlinda Ymeraj 11. Kosovo Fred Cocozzelli 12. Conclusions Bob Deacon, Noemi Lendvai and Paul Stubbs Index